MEET THE TEAM

About Bubble Driving School Bristol


BubbLe Driving School is a Fun and friendly family run business based in North Bristol and North Somerset. We pride ourselves with our expertise in teaching learners of all ages and all abilities. We are great with helping nervous pupils and we have a good understanding of different teaching techniques which are regularly used within our driving lessons. The use of different teaching techniques can especially help those with who have learning difficulties. Patience and understanding is always at the forefront of our minds when teaching any learner, we will put you at ease, ensure learning takes place, and we will make sure you have fun in your Driving Lessons with us here at BubbLe.

The Bubble Driving School Team

Russell Marchant, CEO Bubble Driving School & Bubble Towing

Lead B+E trainer & Head Driving Instructor Training

Hi my name is Russel Marchant, Founder and Managing director of Bubble Driving School and Bubble Towing.

Having been made redundant back 2000, i decided a total career change, and believe me that shocked my entire family too.  Training up as a ADI, and i have never looked back since, specializing in Towing now than learner pupils.

BubbLe Driving school came about from my wife, the first car i owned as a instructor was a Citroen c3. My wife said "hey, that looks like a bubble" and then BubbLe Driving School was born

I'm a proud father of two, my daughter Jennifer, who i trained to be a instructor and now works for the business. And my son timothy who, with my wife runs all the office with BubbLe Driving school.

My interests are cars and bikes, i am a little bit of a grease monkey in my spare time as well as a D.I.Y man.

LIKES: vintage cars and motorbikes
DISLIKES: being nagged

Car i teach in is a KIA Sorentto
Debra M
Telephone operator, Head adminstractor

Hello, im Debs also known sometimes as Mrs BubbLe! I work in the office taking bookings queries etc. We are a family run business with Russ my husband teaching B+E training, Jennie my daughter also teaches B+E training and driving instructor training. Tim my son who also helps in the office at times.

We firmly believe in team work as a driving school and, all our driving instructors are incredibly important to us. We strongly appreciate the work they do with you the pupil giving a invaluable independent skill for the rest of your life.

When I am not in the office I usually can be found in our garden being a keen gardener also helping our daughter with childminding of our grandchild.

I was born in Bristol and have lived around the Bristol area all of my life. Through our family life’s experience, we feel we have a good understanding of a verity of challenges  – ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, Dyspraxia , dyslexia, deafness, anxiety and nervousness issues, and is a major part of our teaching philosophy. I find it rewarding when we are able to help pupils have real success, over coming any challanges that they might have.

If we can help we will do whether it be a pupil or driving instructor. We pride ourselves as being part of a team that go that little bit extra.

Likes: gardening, being a grandmother, and helping those around me
Dislikes: untidiness, laziness, being interjected when explain anything.

I drive a kia sportage

Jennie C
Driving Instructor, manual tuition
Driving Instructor Training, B+E Instructor

My name is Jennie and I've been an instructor now for 7 years. During this time I have taught manual and automatic. I have trained individuals to become driving instructors, who have then come on to work for us at BubbLe Driving School.

I have recently had my first child, and as such am only now working part time, I am no longer teaching learner drivers, but am assisting with teaching people with full driving licenses to learn to Tow a trailer, and complete their B+E trailer towing test. On an ad hoc basis I still also train individuals to become driving instructors.

likes: to talk to my clients and help them advance there training
Dislikes: being under prepaired

I teach in a KIA Sorentto for towing.
Timothy M
Voluntrey Telephone Operator

Well I'm timothy,

I'm the son of Russell the owner of bubble driving school, and myself and Debra run the day to day of the office, handling the calls, booking's, and emails.

Having matured in life i have stepped into the family business on a voluntary basis. I've been volunteering in the office for over a year now and I'm proud of the work i do.

Its a great privilege helping all the customers with there needs and indeed helping my parents out too. Theirs nothing better than being the face of the business, be it by phone or email but going that extra step to help the customers.

I'm a family orientated person, hence why i work for the business to help share the work load, and believe me theirs a lot. But its also a passion, my interests are gardening in my spare time or helping those around me.

LIKES: Doctor Who
DISLIKES: Extremely manic office days(believe me when i say here is a lot of that)


I don't teach per say, but the car i drive is a Ford Titanium Eco-sport
Sylwia M
Driving instructor, automatic tuition

Hello, i'm Sylwia, a fully qualified driving instructor with excellent pass rate. I specialize in automatic tuition, and i'm proud to say i am the only female Automatic instructor in Bristol. 

Originally from Poland, i moved to England many years ago, though i do go back to visit several times a year with my family. Coming from Poland, i am able to teach multi lingual clients being both fluent in English and polish.

I am committed to giving quality tuition in a friendly, fun and patient environment. I will always try to  tailor every lesson to suit your individual needs.

I am very passionate about teaching people the skills to a life long necessity. Skill's that will provide you with independence, together we shall follow your road to driving success…

The car i teach in is a Hyundai i10

The areas i cover are:

BS6, BS7, BS8, BS9, BS10, BS11, BS32, BS34


Jenny w
Driving Instructor, manual tuition
Hi my name is Jenny, I teach manual and I've been a driving instructor for 11 years and I thoroughly enjoy it.

I've been with bubble for almost a year and enjoy being part of a team. I have a laid back approach to teaching enabling me to adapt my teaching skills to the needs of my pupils as everyone is different.

I am enthusiastic and passionate about driving safely and hope to teach new drivers lasting skills for a safer future.

The car i train in is Toyota Yaris

the areas i cover are:

BS5, BS15, BS16, BS30

Mike F
Lead Driving instructor in Weston-Super-Mare, manual tuition

Well I'm mike, i have just recently moved to Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset. Having lived in Bristol all my life, i decided to feather my wings, but also to be closer to my kids and grandkids.

Id like to say that my personality is laid back, and also my teaching style too. I will always aim to bring out the best in my pupils, and encourage self confidence whilst working towards your new life skill.

I have worked for BubbLe Driving school for 4+ years now and couldn't be happier. I have developed a vast amount of teach skills to help those with learning difficulties and special needs to achieve their own Independence.

I really do like my motorbikes as a interest of mine.

The car i teach in is a Renault cactus


Areas i cover are:

BS8, BS20, BS21, BS22, BS23, BS29, BS41, BS48, BS49

Chris B

Driving Instructor, intensive tuition, manual tuition

Hi my names Chris and I am an ADI with Bubble Driving School.

I have enjoyed teaching people to drive and seeing them pass since march 2010.

My teaching style is patient and calm so people that take a little longer to learn will have no problems with me. My aim is not just to teach you to drive but also to enjoy the learning to drive.

So as long as you have a sense of humour in there somewhere we should get on fine.

Likes: That happy moment a pupil passes.
Dislikes: Drivers that have no clue with highway code.

Car Audi A3

Areas i cover:

BS5, BS6, BS7, BS9, BS10, BS11, BS15, BS16, BS30, BS32, BS34, BS36

Gail B

Driving Instructor, manual tuition

Hi my name is Gail I am a ADI with BubbLe Driving School.

I have been a qualified ADI since 2005 and my teaching style is calm and encouraging. I enjoy a little banter to encourage fun with learning.

Likes: especially nervous pupils and pupils that struggle, to achieve a pass, knowing I have helped build their confidence and to teach them a skill for life.

Dislikes: drivers that do not signal at roundabouts.

Car Toyota Aygo.

Areas i cover are:

BS4, BS5,BS15, BS16 BS30, BS31,  BS36, BS37

Martin R

Driving Instructor, automatic tuition

Hi my name is Martin and I have been an ADI with Bubble Driving School since 2011

My teaching style can be adapted to suit the needs of the learner, as everyone learns differently, and at different rates. Patience, and allowing the learner to find their way is important to me. I aim not just to get the learner through their driving test, but to give them the skills they need to be a safe and confidant driver for life. 

Likes : People with a sense of humour. 
Dislikes : Impatient people.

Automatic car: Toyota Yaris

Areas i cover are:

BS2,BS5, BS6, BS7, BS8 (Clifton side of the river Avon), BS9, BS10, BS11, BS15, BS16, BS30, BS32, BS34, BS35, BS36, BS37,

Mahdi

Driving Instructor, manual tuition

Hello my names Mahdi, I am BubbLe PDI instructor and really enjoyed training with Russ, Jen and Richard. As I am working to pass my Part 3. I have found in my time with Bubble that the office support is truly amazing, before I even started I had a full working diary within 3 days. I cant thank enough the efforts of the office support.

I am really glad that I joined bubble driving school, after I had a bad experience with a previous training provider. I would highly recommend BubbLe driving school to everyone and anyone who want's to both learn what is a essential life skill, who wants a friendly and fun experience too, and to anyone who wants to have a massive career change and find fulfillment in their job. I would also recommend Russell, Jennie, and Richard for driving instructor training, I only approached BubbLe in march 2016 and started teaching in middle of June having completed both my parts 1 and 2 of instructor training, to be a driving instructor where you can find the right training and support to qualify. BubbLe, BubbLe and BubbLe.

My teaching style I am still developing but I have had zero complaints and I look forward to every days new challenges.

The vehicle I teach in is a Vauxhall Corsa.
 

The areas i cover are:
BS1, BS2, BS3, BS4, BS5, BS6,BS7, BS8, BS9,BS10

Glenn A

Driving Instructor, manual tuition and B+E Training Provider 

Hi, my name is Glenn and I've been a driving instructor for the last 10 years.

I've been happy to work with BubbLe since 2008 and have many fond memories of students over that time.

My goal is to teach people to drive in the real world, not to just pass a test.

I always strive to keep a fun but informative environment in the car. I find that this helps to keep the student calm so real learning can take place.

I have been described as calm and calming and I always let the student proceed at their own pace.

For me the most satisfying moment whilst teaching is the "light bulb" going off, when someone says "Oh, that's how it's done."

I drive a Renualt Cactus.

Areas i cover are:

BS2, BS3, BS4, BS5, BS13, BS14, BS15, BS30, BS31, BS40, BS41

Elaine C

Driving Instructor, manual tuition

Hi, my name is Elaine and I am an ADI with Bubble Driving School. 

I qualified in 2012 and haven’t looked back. I enjoy fostering a love of driving in others. I see driving as a life skill and teach my pupils how to be a safe drivers for life.

I have been told that learning to drive with me is “like being taught by your mum”. My teaching style is, I hope, kind and patient. I don’t shout. I listen to pupils’ concerns and try to find sensible solutions that work for the individual rather than taking a “one size fits all” approach.

I enjoy working with those with diverse needs and have undertaken additional training to help me to teach deaf students.  

Likes: When a pupil perfectly executes a manoeuvre for the first time.
Dislikes: Cars parked at junctions and on pavements.

Car Peugeot 208

Areas i cover are:

BS3, BS4, BS6, BS8, BS9, BS10, BS11, BS13, BS14, BS40, BS41.

Vic G

Driving Instructor, manual tuition

My name is Vic and I'm a driving instructor with Bubble Driving School.

I was once a truck mechanic and later an owner driver with my own lorry. The 15 years before becoming a driving instructor was spent teaching in a college. 

I'm laid back, patient and calm. I let the pupil learn at their own pace and will help those that are nervous to conquer their fears. Oh, and I never shout. I have a good sense of humour and enjoy having a fun environment while teaching. 

Likes: watching the pupil enjoying learning to drive, the look on they're face when achieve that parallel park or negotiate that scary roundabout and of course when they pass their driving test. 

Dislikes: impatient drivers! We were all learners once!

Car: Citroen DS3

The area's i cover are:

BS2, BS6, BS7, BS8, BS9, BS10, BS11, BS15, BS16, BS32, BS34, BS35, BS36, BS37

Michelle G

Driving Instructor, manual tuition

Hello, my name is Michelle. I qualified as an ADI in 2003 and have been teaching since. I have been with Bubble Driving School since 2012.

My teaching style - I enjoy teaching I have lots of patience and a calming nature this works well with nervous pupils. It's good to nurture their driving skills and see them grow in confidence. It also gives them a great sense of achievement. Increases self esteem too! Therefore rewarding for us ADI's.

I also believe it's good to have a bit of fun on the way as I find this makes a big difference to their overall enjoyment of driving.

Likes: drivers that are fair and considerate to Learners.
Dislikes: inconsiderate drivers!!

Car: Fiat Punto Grande

Areas i cover are:

BS15, BS16, BS30, BS32, BS34, BS35, BS36, BS37

Garry M

Driving Instructor, intensive tuition, manual tuition

Hello my name is Garry. I am BubbLe Driving Schools Specialist instructor for Intensive Tuition.

I have been an instructor for 11 years. I believe in creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere whilst teaching you everything you need to know to get you through your test and beyond.

Your lessons would never be boring and you'll always have a laugh whilst progressing in your skills.

Car Scoda fabia

Areas i cover are:

BS1, BS2, BS3, BS4, BS5, BS5, BS7, BS8, BS15, BS16, BS30, BS31, BS32, BS34, BS35, BS36, BS37

Kris A

Driving Instructor, manual tuition

Hello my name is Chris A. I'm grade A driving instructor with Bubble driving school. I have been teaching people to drive for last 7 years, 5 of those in London and last 2 in Bristol.

I'm very patient and easy going. I understand how difficult it may be to cope with havoc of hectic roads for new driver so I like to use metaphors and analogy linking the daily life situations to driving experience. 

I'm most happy when my pupils comments at the end of each lesson is "I learned something new again" and of course I love the happy moments when they pass the test.

The car I use is Vauxhall Corsa

The areas i cover is:
BS3, BS4, BS5, BS15, BS16, BS30, BS31, BS37

Rob S

Driving Instructor, manual tuition

Hi. My name is Rob, I am happily married with three young boys and I have been a driving instructor with Bubble Driving School since 2012. I am calm and patient as I remember how difficult it can be to learn how to drive. 

Likes: I love a good film and for some strange reason I enjoy running.

Dislikes: I don't like olives. 

The car I teach in is a Peugeot 208

Areas i cover are:

BS1, BS2, BS3, BS4, BS5, BS6, BS7, BS8, BS9, BS10, BS11, BS32, BS34, BS35

Simon T

Driving Instructor, manual tuition

Hi I'm Simon and I've been an ADI for 9 years. I'm a pretty laid back and relaxed person who likes to make the learning experience educational but fun. Yes, learning to drive is a serious thing. But like life you need to enjoy it as well, so it's fair to say I can be a tad sarcastic now and again! (In a good way honest!).

My likes are seeing people on their first lesson realise that driving isn't scary !, and the satisfying feeling I get seeing people pass.

Dislikes are people using horns at learners, and indicators! They aren't for decoration!

Car is a DS3 and yes it is yellow!

Areas i cover are:

BS3, BS4, BS5, BS6, BS7, BS15, BS16, BS30, BS31, BS36

Noreen

Driving Instructor, manual tuition

Hi there my name is Noreen and I am a female driving instructor. I work for Bubble Driving School and I am very proud of my profession. 

I teach people at all different levels from absolute beginners to people at test stage and thoroughly enjoy it. I am very patient with my pupils and we get on and meet the strategies we need to depending on how quick they learn. Everyone learns differently so I vary my teaching methods to suit the individuals needs. 

I am always very pleased when I receive positive feedback from my pupils and I know they have achieved something they really wanted to especially when they return from a test and PASS it's an amazing feeling. 

I am also an Urdu and Punjabi speaker so that also helps with people not understanding English properly. 

I drive a Ford Fiesta.

The areas i cover are:
BS15, BS16, BS5, BS30, BS36, BS37

Richard M

Driving Instructor, manual & automatic tuition

Hello, my name is Richard. I have been a driving instructor with Bubble for 3 years. I teach both Manual and Automatic lessons as well as supporting the training of future instructors. Before becoming an instructor I was a school teacher. This means that I have a vast range of learning styles and techniques that I adapt to each individual pupil. I have a lot of experience with various learning needs including Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD.

I have a calm, patient and considerate approach to lessons. My aim is to not only provide the skills needed to pass the test, but to provide you with the ability to be a good all round driver for the future.

Likes: pupil's achieving that well deserved pass!
Dislikes: inconsiderate drivers

Manual car: Vauxhall Corsa
Automatic car: Vauxhall Meriva

Areas i cover are:

BS2, BS4, BS5, BS6, BS7, BS15, BS16, BS30, BS31, BS36
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